Friday, June 06, 2008

On Stage in the Hudson Valley - June 6, 2008

I'm very excited we have two shows opening tonight! Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company's The Pirates of Penzance and DIRT's Who's on First. I'll be off to see who's on first myself, I'll let you know how that goes.

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The Pirates of Penzance

June 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8:00 PM
June 8, 15, 22 at 3:00 PM

Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company
The Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck
Route 308
Rhinebeck, NY
Call (845) 876-3080 or online tickets

About the Show:

In The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master's instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daugters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria's name.

Who's on First by Jack Sharkey
June 6, 7, 13, 14, 21 at 7:00 PM
June 22 at 2:00 PM

Durham Irish Repertory Theater (D.I.R.T.)
The Michael J. Quill Irish Cultural & Sports Centre

2119 Route 145

East Durham, NY

Call: (518) 634-2286

About the Show:
Take a husband, wife, lover and friend, add a strange lamp, a gun and a rubber chicken plus a party that begins at 8 p.m., then again at 8 p.m. and then again at 8 p.m. and you have this nightmare comedy." Four people find themselves reliving one horrible hour over and over as themselves, as Japanese, as British aristocrats, as gangsters, and almost anything else you can think of. Camille is giving the party. Don shows up in a jealous funk about his wife, Alice, whom he suspects of seeing another man. When Alice and Ben have arrived, it turns out their relationship is innocent. But by the time Don realizes this he has already shot Ben, Alice and even Camille. Camille wishes that things might have turned out differently and that is what happens. All concerned find themselves back at the party's beginning again and again doomed to live that same hour over and over again until they get it right. Is it all an accident? Or is their dilemma part of someone's fiendish plan? A labyrinth of hilarity exits to a shocker of an ending.

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